Bodies, borders and bereavement: death and dying in the diaspora
Rosita Henry (James Cook University)
Chancellery Building, A1-014
Thursday 6 December, 9:00-10:30

Short abstract:

This panel focuses on death, funerary practices and dying in contexts of mobility and displacement. What kinds of political, economic and spatio-temporal realities do the dying and dead inhabit when death occurs away from 'home', such as in refugee camps or places of migrant resettlement? .

Long abstract:

How do people deal with dying and death and manage funerary rites when they are on the move or have resettled (eg. migrants, refugees, intra- and transnational workers)? What kind of transformative, or liminal, spatio-temporal processes are the dead typically subject to? This panel addresses representations and practices of death and bereavement in contexts of mobility and displacement. For example, what are the political tensions that circulate in the time-space of death (over inheritance, rights to royalties, land, future social and monetary support)? What kinds of spatio-temporal reality do the dying and dead inhabit when death happens away from 'home' in urban areas, on distant battle fields, in refugee camps, or in places of migrant settlement overseas? What is the political economy of death in such spaces? What does it mean to die 'out of place'? What are the transformations evident in the space-time of death where bodies are returned 'home' for burial? How are the dead enmeshed in the creation of new forms of space-time such as a morgue space-time? Or transport space-time? We welcome submissions of papers on the economy of care for the dying, on mourning and funerary practices, and new spatial and temporal transformations related to diasporic deaths.